Best Gaming TV: The next-gen consoles are on the horizon and in order to extract the best performance out of them, you’ll need a TV with a very particular set of skills.
The pool for these TVs, at least with next-gen consoles in mind, is not as wide as you might think. In terms of the much-ballyhooed 4K/120Hz support, only LG and Samsung (and select Sony TVs) have stepped up to the plate. And better gaming performance can be extracted out of TVs with HDMI 2.1 features such as VRR, ALLM and eARC (for Dolby Atmos sound).
So if you’re looking to enjoy the best performance possible from either a PS5 and Xbox Series X, here are the best options. Check out the shortlist below for a quick glance, and for more info scroll down to read a summary or click through to our full reviews.
- Best Gaming TV: LG CX OLED
- Best Gaming QLED TV: Samsung Q90T
- Best small Gaming TV: LG 48 CX OLED
- Best Gaming 8K TV: Samsung QE65Q800T
- Best Gaming LED TV: LG Nano90
LG CX OLED
An OLED with gaming appeal
- Excellent picture quality
- Great design
- Plenty of smarts, features and customisation
- Excellent upscaling
- Still missing a few UK catch-up apps
- Just a small leap over the C9
The LG CX OLED is a powerhouse as a gaming TV and, thanks to a recent price cut, it’s now even better value since its initial launch.
All four of its HDMI ports support 4K/120Hz, with ALLM and VRR included for automatically putting the TV into its game mode and matching the display to the console’s frame rate for less tearing and stutter – those features aren’t too useful for the PS4 and Xbox One, but are very important for the next-gen consoles. Latency measures at 13ms, which is not as good as a Samsung QLED but still impressive.
Where it gets a slight edge is its support for Dolby Vision, which the Xbox Series X will have. And there’s support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync if you fancy hooking it up to a gaming PC, expanding the CX’s gaming talents beyond any other TV on the market.
Excellent QLED for gaming
- Corking picture quality from any standard of content
- Excellent for gamers
- Class-leading user interface
- Sound is nothing special
- No Dolby Vision
The Samsung Q90T is exactly like the flagship Q95T QLED, except it drops the One Connect box to be the more affordable of the two.
Choosing the Q90T saves a couple of hundred quid, but that’s money saved with the pricey next-gen consoles imminent. Gaming performance is class-leading at sub-10ms, and there’s support for 4K/120Hz, VRR and ALLM, too.
There’s no Dolby Vision, so Xbox Series X games won’t gain any added HDR benefit. Otherwise, the Q90T remains an excellent option.
A 48-inch gaming OLED
- Beautiful picture quality
- Strong sound quality
- Class-leading gaming features
- Costs more than 55-inch version
- Care needs to be taken to avoid screen burn
- Missing most of the UK catch up apps
The LG CX is the first 48-inch OLED with a performance that’s as good as the 55-inch set.
At 48-inches it’s more desktop friendly, and LG has carried over all the gaming features available on the ‘full-sized’ option while retaining OLED’s qualities (contrast, wide angles, deep black levels) in a smaller form.
It is currently more expensive than the 55-inch model, so there’s a premium to be paid for going smaller.
The 8K gaming option
- Bright, sharp 8K pictures with impressive black levels
- Powerful, impressively detailed audio
- Good value for an 8K TV
- Heavy dimming of stand-out bright objects
- No Dolby Vision support
- Game mode reduces backlight controls
8K is still in its infancy and commands a premium, but the price is going down and Samsung’s Q800T is one of the cheapest yet.
One of its HDMIs can handle 4K/120Hz and variable refresh rates, and the 8K upscaling the new consoles are reportedly capable of will be aided by the Q800T’s 8K/60Hz frame rate. Input lag is under 8ms, and its game mode can be customised to reduce judder (jittery images) without significantly increasing lag, or brightening darker areas of an image to spot rivals lurking in the shadows.
Game mode does impact the TV’s backlight management, reducing black levels. But as an ‘affordable’ 8K option, the Q800T is one of few available.
Perfectly suited for gamers
- Looks good with native 4K content
- As future-proofed, games-wise, as they come
- Half-decent sound
- Good OS
- Some backlighting issues
- Not the most capable upscaler
- Still missing some UK catch-up apps
- Looks deep if wall-mounted
At just over £1000, the 65-inch NANO906 is a telly worth considering if you’re looking to game on a big-screen.
Like the CX models it has Dolby Vision and supports 4K/120Hz gaming, alongside VRR, ALLM and eARC. Latency registers around 13ms, and this model drops Nvidia G-Sync but keeps AMD FreeSync, which may pique the interest of PC gamers.
How we test TVs
Every TV that passes through our doors gets put through a series of tests and naked eye checks to gauge its overall picture quality and optimal settings. Key things we look out for are screen uniformity, black level, maximum brightness and colour vibrancy/accuracy.
In terms of gaming we will measure the latency of each set with a Leo Bodnar lag tester to ensure that gaming performance meets the claims of the manufacturer.
Sound quality isn’t forgotten, either – we give the built-in speakers a thorough listen to determine whether you’ll need to invest in a soundbar or speaker system to beef things up.
If you’re interested in checking out TVs at different price models, models and brands. Look through our main best buy pages below models for everything from cheap 4K HDR TVs to expensive 8K models and everything in-between.